How to ruin a ride before it even starts

My CamelBak with my keys in my locked car. My CamelBak with my keys in my locked car.

Recently I went on a mountain bike ride on a trail I am not familiar with. Every time I go for a ride I keep my main set of keys in the car because I keep an extra car key in my CamelBak. As I was getting ready to start on the trail, I got my bike off the rack, my phone all ready to pump out some jams and track my ride, and I put my shoes and my helmet on. I was unprepared for the cold weather at the trail, but I figured I was good to go, so I locked my car and shut the doors. As soon as I shut the last door I got that feeling. You know the feeling you get when you've just done something really bad and you'd do anything to take it back? The almost doomsday expression of, "Oh no!" muttered under your breath? That's what happened to me. I realized I forgot to grab my CamelBak and, therefore, my keys.

I proceeded to ride anyway because I was already there, but as you can imagine without water and the added stress of no keys, I didn't last very long at all. On the way back, I was trying to figure out how in the world I was going to get back in my car. Back at the parking lot, I asked everyone there to see if anyone knew how to break into a car. No luck.

I called the local police department to see if they could help me out. The dispatcher asked if there was a person or an animal in the car. (Never had I wished I locked a child in my car more than at that moment.) The police couldn't help me, so there I was, stuck 40 miles from home, freezing cold in shorts and just a shirt, left to make the shameful call to the locksmith to get me back into the car. Once he got there, it was literally 15 seconds and $55 later that I was free to go. I had my keys and water, but I didn't get warm for about an hour.

Word to the wise: Do not lock and shut your doors until you do the pat down check to make sure you have everything, or at least your keys.

Do you have any horror stories where you forgot something but didn't realize it until it was too late, ruining your ride? Tell us about it!






Greg Shaferby Greg ShaferGoogle+Greg is a product specialist at Bikewagon.com. He is an avid mountain biker and ladies' man.